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September newsy news…

Hello, friends and fellow music lovers and greetings from a chilly morning here in Sisters. I can’t believe it’s almost September! Time moves in funny ways these days.

We had a blast doing our concert from the front porch for patrons! If you’d like to get in on that fun, join me and this wonderful group of music lovers on Patreon! I release new music and poetry each month here, and you can join for as little as $1 a month. Considering that I just got my 2020 royalty checks for YouTube and Google Play and they were $.16 and $.01 respecitvely, it’s clear that streaming works great for the customer and for big tech companies, but it leaves us the artists out of the equation. Music lovers are often shocked to learn this and ask what they can do. My answer is to give direct support to artists you love! Patreon is a great way to do that. Ok, enough soapbox, y’all… on to some more things I’m excited about!

On Monday, August 30She’s Speaking is teaming up with FAR-West (the western regional of Folk Alliance) to present a livestream concert! We’ll be celebrating women’s voices and stories through song, and best of all we’ll gather these AMAZING artists and songwriters to sing live for you and for everyone on the interwebs!  With the great Bre Gregg (Redbird), Kristen Grainger (True North), Shireen AminiGabrielle LouiseAireene Espiritu, and lil ol me hosting! We’ll also be making a big announcement about the future of She’s Speaking so don’t miss this! 7 pm Pacific time downbeat. This event free to watch and donations will be joyfully accepted and distributed among these hard-working artists (Paypal: https://tinyurl.com/bfp24tvt, Venmo: @shesspeaking).  Tune in here on the FAR-West YouTube channel! 

aug 30 far-west/she's speaking livestream announcement

Wednesday, Sept 8 will be my monthly virtual song circle. You can join us from anywhere in the world! Songs need to be heard, and songwriters need community! We can’t meet in person, so let’s meet on Zoom to gather by the virtual campfire and share some songs! Attendance will be capped at 10 people, and the circle will go for two hours maximum. I hope you’ll come and share a song…all levels of experience are welcome! Original songs and covers are great. Please email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com to reserve your spot. There is no cost to attend. Free-will donations of $5-10 will be joyfully accepted (Venmo: @bethwoodmusic or Paypal).

Monday, Sept 20 I will host another virtual feedback song salon! Feedback Song Salons are small virtual gatherings where songwriters can share new work and receive thoughtful feedback from fellow songwriters and from me. We will cap the number at 6 so that each songwriter will have ample time to play and receive feedback. All levels of songwriting and performance experience are welcome. This will be a space of non-judgment for songwriters to support their fellow songwriters. Cost will be sliding scale of $10-$25…pay what you are comfortable with – no judgment! Please email me if you are interested at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com. 

I am SO looking forward to our beloved Americana Song Academy (a/k/a “song camp”) coming up Monday, Sept 26-Thursday, Sept 30. We will be at a new venue this year in Camp Sherman, House On The Metolius, and the setting is stunning. Instructors include Mary Gauthier, Willy Porter, Ordinary Elephant, Robby Hecht, Emily Scott Robinson, Alisa Amidor, Thunderstorm Artis, Dennis McGregor and little ol’ me. Song camp is currently sold out, but there is a waiting list.  Click here for more details.

And fingers and toes crossed for The Sisters Folk Festival on October 1-3!! This is my favorite festival ever, and now my hometown festival! 🙂 This year there will be seven outdoor stages, and the lineup is out of this world! 

Oh man, we had the most fun and wonderful week with the kiddos at The Nature of Expression creativity camp! We made art and wrote songs and poems and spent time in nature and giggled and sang and collaborated for five days in a row, and it was so inspiring! Big thank yous to the amazing Judy Fuentes for being such a wonderful co-leader, to the Sisters Folk Festival for the opportunity and support, and to the kiddos for being SO FUN! Judy and I were joking that we should have creativity day camp for adults next summer, but we were only half-joking! Stay tuned on that one… :)We formed two bands called The Bubbles and The Artful Aardvarks. 🙂 Here are lyrics to our two hit songs we wrote together called “I Don’t Want Your Number” and “The Wind Knows My Name”…

And speaking of fun, my friend the amazing composer, singer, songwriter, pianist Naomi LaViolette and I spent a day at Grange Recorders here in Sisters recording our duet of my song “Love Is Love (The Christmas Eve Song)”!! Naomi asked me a few months ago if I would have any interest in collaborating on this song, and my answer was a big YES! She recorded the piano part at her home in Portland, and when I heard it I just about melted it is so gorgeous. Then I added some guitar and we sang our vocals, and we have a special guest our sleeves to put the icing on the cake. Stay tuned for more news soon…

And of course my other big news is…I finally found my four-legged friend! Her name is Hannah and she is the sweetest, cutest girl that melts my heart every time I look at her! She was rescued from Texas by the angels at Agave Dogs Rescue and I got to go pick her up last Saturday. I have been searching for many months, and my heart kept saying yes with each step I took closer to her. She is doing so great considering all of the changes she has been through, and I am so proud of her! We took our first hike on the Metolius river and she LOVED IT! I look forward to a lifetime of adventures and love and snuggles with this girl! 

I’m so thankful for you! These are uncertain times, and it brings me great joy to know you’re out there. I always love hearing from you! Thank you for reading and tuning in to livestreams and sending support and encouragement my way. I’m sending you a big ol dose of gratitude from your fan,

 Beth Wood

 PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

BW World Headquarters: www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon, a subcription to my music and poetry!

Take a listen and won’t ya follow me on Spotify?

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

Find me on Instagram: @bethwoodmusic  

Here’s my face singing songs on Youtube

I’ve mostly given up but sometimes I say things on Twitter

She’s Speaking on YouTube
She’s Speaking on Facebook 

She’s Speaking on Instagram: @ShesSpeakingsongs

Dog days of summer and newsy news!

Hello, friends! I hope you are enjoying these sunny days and the zucchini, tomatoes, and cucumbers that go along with them! I can’t believe how summer is flying by, and I’m trying my best to savor every precious moment. 

Here are a few fun things coming up…details below!

Thu, Aug 12 – Patron-only Zoom Porch Concert

Aug 16-20 – The Nature of Expression Creativity Camp – Sisters, OR

Mon, Aug 30 – She’s Speaking Livestream Concert

Thu, Aug 12 – Patron-only Zoom Porch Concert! In celebration of my Patreon community growing to include 127 of THE most fabulous folks, I’m offering a front porch Zoom concert for my patrons – with song requests welcome! And with a very special mystery harmonica-playing guest. 🙂 If you’d like to join us, sign up for Patreon here! (Patreon is a membership platform that connects you directly with my creative output. It allows you to support my work directly and gain access to exclusive content, new releases, etc. I share a new song and a new poem every month with my patreon community. It’s like a fan-club and a CSA for songs and poems all rolled up into one!)

(aw man I sure do miss my trusty sidekick Miss Bailey Pants! The search for a new sweet and wonderful sidekick continues, stay tuned…)

Mon, Aug 16-Fri, Aug 20 – I’m getting SO EXCITED for our Nature of Expression Creativity Camp! It is a joy to collaborate with the amazing artist and human Judy Fuentes in helping kids get creative, make art and music and poetry, and have fun! Last year was an absolute blast and I can’t wait to see what we make together. This camp is sold out, woop!

Mon, Aug 30 – She’s Speaking Livestream Concert. Holy moly, y’all, we are teaming up FAR-West (the western regional chapter of Folk Alliance) for their FAR-West Community Spotlight Livestream series! We will be featuring six She’s Speaking artists in a livestream concert with live performances and conversation. We started She’s Speaking to create platforms for women’s voices and women’s stories to be heard by everyone. We’re inviting you to get comfy and join us in the virtual realm for an evening of inspiration and connection through song! Featuring Bre Gregg (Redbird), Kristen Grainger (True North), Shireen AminiAireene EspirituGabrielle Louise, and lil ol’ me. Donations will be joyfully accepted and distributed evenly among the artists. (Venmo: @shesspeaking or Paypal) 7 pm Pacific Time. You can tune in on FAR-West’s YouTube channel here!

Oh my goodness, I have had the most delightful invitations to give private lessons in the last couple of weeks. Would you like to work on your songs, or singing, or guitar? I would be delighted to explore this possibility with you! I am currently offering lessons via Zoom or in person outdoors in Sisters and/or Bend/Redmond. Holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you are interested!

We had a wonderful virtual feedback song salon in July with six songwriters bravely sharing new work and receiving wisdom and feedback from all participating. I’m excited to say that we will continue these feedback song salons as long as there is interest. August’s song salon is already filled…yay and thank you! The next one will be September 20. Let me know at at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you are interested?

Man did we have fun sharing some tunes out at Suttle Lodge! Thank you to Benji and all the staff and everyone who came out to hang with us under those beautiful trees! Thanks to Dennis  McGregor for sitting in! And thank you Cinda for the photo! 🙂

And check out these handsome fellas who gathered just outside my window when  I was practicing a new song!

I hope you are finding ways to keep your spirits lifted. I am finding such joy in writing – both songs and poems – and in sharing my love of music and writing in community. I am looking forward to our beloved Sisters Folk Festival and Americana Song Academy and all the wonderful, undiscovered new opportunities that this fall will bring. 

As always, I love hearing from you. Be sure to sign up for Patreon if you’d like to hear new music. Thank you for reading, listening, and cheering me on! With love and gratitude from your fan,

 Beth Wood

 PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

BW World Headquarters: www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon, a subcription to my music and poetry!

Take a listen and won’t ya follow me on Spotify?

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

Find me on Instagram: @bethwoodmusic  

Here’s my face singing songs on Youtube

I’ve mostly given up but sometimes I say things on Twitter

She’s Speaking on YouTube
She’s Speaking on Facebook 

She’s Speaking on Instagram: @ShesSpeakingsongs

July newsy news!

Hello, friends! I hope you are finding ways to stay cool. I just got back from a wonderful Colordado vacation visiting friends and gathering with family and fly-fishing until my arm hurt. It was a glorious time of non-doing, thus the late newsletter this month! 😉 My spirit is rested and full!

Fun events coming up in July:

Wed, July 14 – Virtual Song Circle

Mon, July 19 – Feedback Song Salon (Virtual)

Wed, July 21 – Concert at Suttle Lodge

Scroll down for details!

I have lots of exciting news to share. Firstly, my latest poetry book, Believe The Bird won the San Francisco Book Festival award for poetry. WOOP!!! Thank you to every single one of you who has encouraged me, bought my book, cheered me on, made a place for poetry on your nightstand and in your heart. It means the world to me! And thank you Mezcalita Press, LLC for helping me give it wings. If you would like a copy, you can order one directly from me here. (You can also order it from your independent book store and they will have it in a couple of days! And you can order from Amazon here.)

Other good news is that outdoor concerts are in full swing! I got to play a wonderful back yard concert here in Sisters last month, and it felt SOOOO good to sing for real in-person humans again! It was during that crazy heat wave but we went for it and it turned out to be a lovely evening. Special thanks to our hosts Tally and Forrest, Jeff and Pat, to all of the generous folks who were there, and to Dennis for being a great roadie! 

Speaking of outdoor concerts, I will be playing at Suttle Lodge outside of Sisters on Wednesday, July 21! They have a fun BBQ beer tasting live music series, and I’ll be playing from 5-7 pm. Be sure to come and find me in the Rustic Village once you get there (it will not be on the back lawn where many of their concerts are held). Music is free and food is available for $20 per person, all are welcome! I’m stoked that Modern Times is the guest brewery that evening…I love their Belmont Fermatorium in Portland! 

I have a few slots open for my virtual song circle on Wed, July 14. Songs need to be heard, and songwriters need community! We can’t meet in person, so let’s meet on Zoom to gather by the virtual campfire and share some songs! Attendance will be capped at 10 people, and the circle will go for two hours maximum. I hope you’ll come and share a song…all levels of experience are welcome! Original songs and covers are great. Please email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com to reserve your spot. There is no cost to attend. Free-will donations of $5-10 will be joyfully accepted (Venmo: @bethwoodmusic or Paypal).

And I’m excited to try our first Virtual Feedback Song Salon on Monday, July 19! Feedback Song Salons are small virtual gatherings where songwriters can share new work and receive thoughtful feedback from fellow songwriters and from me. We will cap the number at 6 so that each songwriter will have ample time to play and receive feedback. All levels of songwriting and performance experience are welcome. This will be a space of non-judgment for songwriters to support their fellow songwriters. Cost will be sliding scale of $10-$25…pay what you are comfortable with – no judgment! Please email me if you are interested at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com. 

And more exciting news…my baby grand piano is back! What do you say when you close off a room in your heart the size of a baby grand piano and lose the key, figuring you’ll never get back in there anyway? And then a whole long line of angels conspires to keep it safe and bring it back to you? I don’t know what to say except thank you. Thank you Ann Wood and Laura Hurt Howe & family and Do Mi Stauber & Trisha and Bob Howard and Artichoke Music and Don and crew at NW Piano Gallery and my generous landlord. Thank you all the hands that played it and tuned it and kept it safe during the years I could not have it with me. This is my childhood piano. In buying it, my mom was able to establish a credit card in her own name. I was able to practice on a stellar instrument. Even though I write mostly on guitar now, piano was my first love. This very one. Here’s a video of a song I wrote on this piano sixteen years ago. Like many songs, it seems I had to live into it. It means something entirely different now. Praise full circle. Praise friends and angels! 

suitcases by beth wood

Special thanks to Louise Baker and Bruce Swan for hosting me and Tom Kimmel for their “Music My Mother Would Not Like” virtual concert series last month! Tom is one of my all-time favorite singer-songwriter-poets! You can watch it here in case you missed it.

And finally, guess what!? The song I sent my patrons this month called “Keep The Change” was co-written with a very special person… my dad! If you’d like to hear this song and all of the new songs and poems I have shared in the last year, I hope you’ll visit my Patreon page here!  You can become a patron for as little as $1 a month or as much as you want and get access to all of my new work and be an arts-supporting super hero at the same time!

Got some fishin time in…

And some hikin…

Thank you so much for reading and for cheering me on in my artistic journey! I am sending you gratitude over the years and over the miles. Your fan,

Thank you so much for reading and for cheering me on in my artistic journey! I am sending you gratitude over the years and over the miles. Your fan,

Beth Wood

 PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon, a subcription to my music and poetry!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram: @bethwoodmusic  

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

She’s Speaking on YouTube


She’s Speaking on Facebook 

She’s Speaking on Instagram: @ShesSpeakingsongs

June Newsy News for ya!

 

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers! Wow, that was one fun birthday! HUGE GRATITUDE to The Bugle Boy, Lane, John and all the volunteers, to all who tuned in and cheered me on and donated and helped me celebrate! It was a wonderful way to spend my big day – surrounded by friends and family and steeped in music and poetry. My heart is full. Here is the concert if you missed it and you’d like to watch

Warmer days are catching up to us and I couldn’t be more ready. I hope you are well and finding ways to feed your spirit. I’m getting out for more walks and runs and exploration and it feels so good. There are fun things happening this month, and I’m cooking up new things for the summer. Here’s what’s going on…

Thursday, June 3 – Songs My Mother Wouldn’t Like presents: “Songs and Stories” with BW and Tom Kimmel. ** An evening of songs, stories and poetry with Beth Wood and Tom Kimmel. Host Bruce Swan will introduce and interview both artists. 5 pm Pacific/8 pm Eastern. Registration on Zoom is required to view. Donations are gratefully accepted. Click here to register.  

**note: I hate to break it to the folks at “Songs My Mother Wouldn’t Like” but my mother does, in fact, REALLY like the songs of Tom Kimmel and I’m pretty sure she likes mine, too. I hope we’re still eligible for the series, ha! I am so excited for this event, and I hope you’ll join us.

Wednesday, June 9 – Monthly Virtual Song Circle. Songs need to be heard, and songwriters need community! We can’t meet in person, so let’s meet on Zoom to gather by the virtual campfire and share some songs! Attendance will be capped at 10 people, and the circle will go for two hours maximum. Please email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com to reserve your spot. There is no cost to attend. Free-will donations of $5-10 will be joyfully accepted (Venmo: @bethwoodmusic or Paypal).

I’m excited to play for an outoor private party at a beautiful home here in Sisters this month. This feels good to take baby steps as things start to open up a bit. And in June I’m hosting a couple of follow up song circles for our Sisters Songworks groups! It feels like one million years ago that we had our virtual retreats, and I am getting excited to start dreaming again about more possibilities in the spring. And a bit of fabulous new…THERE IS A SISTERS FOLK FESTIVAL THIS YEAR, HOORAY! It has moved to the first weekend in October in hopes of swerving around wildfire season. And there will be announcements about all of the happenings soon. I have missed this beloved community and it makes my heart happy to dream of being together again.

In July I will try something new at the urging of some of my songwriting students (thank you!!). I will begin offering Feedback Song Salons. These will be small virtual gatherings where songwriters can share new work and receive thoughtful feedback from fellow songwriters and from me. We will cap the number at 6 so that each songwriter will have ample time to play and receive feedback. Learning in community is so powerful, and I’m grateful for this opportunity to explore this with you. All levels of songwriting and performance experience are welcome. This will be a space of non-judgment for songwriters to support their fellow songwriters. If you’d like feedback on a song you’re working on, or on a performance of a song, this is for you! I am proposing Monday evening, July 19 as a starting point. If there is enough interest, we will continue in August. Cost will be sliding scale of $10-$25…pay what you are comfortable with – no judgment! Please email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you are interested.

We had a blast with our She’s Speaking livestream concert celebration of Moms/Grandmas/aunties/nurturing women in our lives. Nine amazing artists shared original songs inspired by moms and grandmas, and shared the inspiration behind the songs. If you missed it and you’d like to watch, you can tune in here. We are in the dreaming phase of what comes next for She’s Speaking, so stay tuned!

And I spent an afternoon browsing the poetry section of our Deschutes Library and guess what I found! This delighted me to no end. Thank you to every one of you who has encouraged me in my poetry. It lights me up! 

And finally, the best way to support me and my work and keep up to date with my new music and poetry is to sign up for my Patreon! For as little as $1 a month, you can become a part of my team that keeps me going, and you get a new song and a new poem each month! I even have a new album I made just for patrons that I’ll send to you. 

Of course, you also support me by reading this newsletter, by listening and reading the art I make, by following and sharing on social media, and for that I am so very grateful. Happy summer, my dear friends! With gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

 PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon, a subcription to my music and poetry!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram: @bethwoodmusic  

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

She’s Speaking on YouTube


She’s Speaking on Facebook 

She’s Speaking on Instagram: @ShesSpeakingsongs

May is for flowers!

And new albums, and pretending it’s not my birthday!

Yes I am obsessed with these little flowers!

Good morning, friends and fellow music lovers!

Spring is coming on in full force and the sand lillies are popping up everywhere around here – it’s magical! I hope you are taking in some magic of wildflowers and sunshine wherever you are. 

Some fun news: I made a new CD for my Patreon community! It features twelve new unreleased songs recorded with just me and my guitar in beautiful Grange Recorders studio here in Sisters. It felt like a great way to celebrate what a blessing this community has been. The support and encouragement and connection, especially during this last year, has been so incredibly meaningful. You can join my Patreon community for as little as $1 a month, and I am offering this album as a gift to anyone who signs up in the month of May! Click here to read all about it. 

I’m so excited about these fun events coming up in May… I hope you’ll join me!

Thursday, May 6 – She’s Speaking Livestream Concert: Songs for All Moms! She’s Speaking – songs about women, by women, for everyone – is celebrating moms and grandmas with a special livestream concert! We’ll hear live performances of original songs from Bre GreggKristen GraingerSusan GibsonMai BloomfieldEmily AldridgeKaryn AnnNatalie Jean, and Naomi LaViolette along with stories of how the songs came to be and the amazing moms and grandmas who inspired them. Come join us as we share songs and laughter and tears and a little conversation in celebration of moms everywhere! It will be similar to my Joyful Measures livestreams, but with 9 people instead of 2 or 3!

Tune in to the livestream on our She’s Speaking Facebook page. (You do not have to have a Facebook account to watch.) It is free and open to all, and donations for the artists will be joyfully accepted! Donate $20 or more and you will automatically be entered into a raffle for a gift certificate for an Andante Vineyard‘s Wine Tasting Experience for 4 Adults!

7 pm Pacific / 8 pm Mountain / 9 pm Central / 10 pm Eastern 

Saturday, May 8 – Birdsongs for Audubon – A Livestream Concert. Celebrate the return of our migratory birds with Birdsongs for Audubon – a livestream concert featuring music from internationally touring folk artists Beth Wood, Jack Williams, and Still on the Hill! This concert, benefitting San Diego Audubon Society, features the songs of performers who have been inspired by birds.

A special bonus for bird-lovers: we will be birding the concert! Each of the featured performers will be singing songs that are either about birds or have birds in the songs.  Listen for the birds mentioned and share your list with us! Find the most species and be eligible for a prize! Prizewinners will be informed on  May 9, 2021. Submit your checklist by May 9, 2021.

$20 per viewing device. Multiple people can watch from one device. Additional donations welcomed. All proceeds benefit the Conservation, Education and Sanctuary programs of San Diego Audubon Society. 6-8 pm Pacific time. Click here to register.

Wednesday, May 14 – Monthly Virtual Song Circle. Songs need to be heard, and songwriters need community! We can’t meet in person, so let’s meet on Zoom to gather by the virtual campfire and share some songs! Attendance will be capped at 10 people, and the circle will go for two hours maximum. Please email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com to reserve your spot. There is no cost to attend. Free-will donations of $5-10 will be joyfully accepted (Venmo: @bethwoodmusic or Paypal).

I had so much fun bringing poetry to the schools here in Sisters last week in celebration of Poetry Month! Huge gratitude to the Sisters Folk Festival for giving me the opportunity to work with 5th graders. Young minds are open, curious, and thirsty, and we had a blast making stuff together. We wrote class poems about hope, and they are making beautiful art with their words on painted canvas! Thank you to Ms. Patton and Ms. Fuentes for making it so fun! And I’m thrilled to have an artist residency bringing poetry to the Black Butte school this month. This is the kind of work I never would have imagined for myself, but I absolutely LOVE IT! We have much to learn from young ones, and I am listening. 🙂

Speaking of poetry, I was honored to be a part of the Celebration Circle, a multi-faith community virtual gathering, this past Sunday along with one of my favorite poets, Naomi Shihab Nye. You can read her beloved poem “Kindness” here. I was honored to share a few songs and be a part of that beautiful ceremony.  Here’s a link to the video in case you missed it. 

And finally, here’s a song I wrote for my friend Catherine, but it feels like it is for all of us now. I love the Mourning Dove backup singer at the end. 🙂

for catherine (everything is different now)

Thank you for walking beside me on this creative journey. I am ever grateful!

With love from your fan,

Beth Wood

 PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon, a subcription to my music and poetry!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram: @bethwoodmusic  

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

She’s Speaking on YouTube

She’s Speaking on Facebook

She’s Speaking on Instagram: @ShesSpeakingsongs

April newsy news!

Thank you, Cassy Berry for this lovely photo.

Hello, friends and fellow music lovers —

I hope the sun is shining where you are! I am grateful for these longer days and for the tiny flowers beginning to show their faces. 

I’ve got some fun things to share this month! I’m continuing to teach my songwring classes online and really enjoying that. I hope to offer more in the coming months…perhaps some still online, some locally outside, socially distanced? 

April is poetry month and to that I say…isn’t every month poetry month?! 🙂 I am sooo excited to be doing an artist residency in the schools here in Sisters in celebration poetry month! I’ll be working with 5th graders to explore and create poetry, and I can’t wait to see what their curious minds come up with. 

I’m also working with my friends Bre Gregg and Kristen Grainger to build upon the momentum that started with our launch of the She’s Speaking project! If you haven’t done so yet, check out our YouTube channel here! We’ve created a home for songs about women, by women, for everyone, and so far we have over over 50 amazing artists! If you’d like to learn more, here’s a lovely article from the Bend Bulletin, and here’s a fun interview we did with KMUZ radio’s Melanie Zermer! Stay tuned for more fun stuff!

And I am  SO excited to be celebrating one year with my Patreon community! I can’t believe it’s been a year and I can’t believe what we have built. If you’re new to this idea, Patreon is a membership platform that allows you to support my music and poery directly and have exclusive access to my new work, works in progress, and online patron-only gatherings. It’s like backstage pass to what I am creating, and a community all rolled up into one. I release one song and one poem each month to my Patreon peeps, rain or shine! You can become a member for as little as $1 a month..whaaaat!? As a gift to my patrons, I’m making an ablum of all the songs I have shared with them over the past year. And I am offering to share that album as my gift to anyone who signs up for Patreon this month! I know, I know, you’re thinking it’s one more password you have to remember, one more thing you gotta sign up for…but it truly is a rewarding way to share new work and it has made my life in music more sustainable. I hope you’ll come join us!

Also, I’ve got these events coming up…

Mon, April 12 – Livestream Reading with Kim Stafford hosted by Annie Bloom’s Books! Annie Bloom’s is a beloved independent book store in Portland’s Multnomah Village, and I’ve spent many an hour browsing the shelves and attending events there. This event is a celebration of Oregon poet Kim Stafford‘s new book, Singer, Come From Afar, and I am delighted ot be his special guest. The event is free and open to all and you can register here! 7 pm. 

Wed, April 14 – Monthly Virtual Song Circle. Songs need to be heard, and songwriters need community! We can’t meet in person, so let’s meet on Zoom to gather by the virtual campfire and share some songs! Attendance will be capped at 12 people, and the circle will go for two hours maximum. There are a few spots left for this month’s circle – please email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com to reserve your spot. There is no cost to attend. Free-will donations of $5-10 will be joyfully accepted (Venmo: @bethwoodmusic or Paypal). 7-9 pm.

 In case you missed it, here’s a really fun livestream concert I did last month with my good friend David Lamotte. Hope you enjoy!

joyful measures livestream concert with david lamotte and beth wood

May these spring days  bring sun and poetry and little slivers of hope. I am ever grateful for you. Yours in song,

Beth Wood

 PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon, a subcription to my music and poetry!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

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News so great I couldn’t wait to tell you!

 

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers! It feels like we are finally turning toward spring and maaaan am I ready for it! I hope you are keeping healthy and keeping your spirits up. It brings me joy to connect in any way we can. 🙂

Here are a few deliciously fun things coming up I just couldn’t wait to tell you about. Hope to “see” you there. 

Thursday, Feb 25 – TOMORROW NIGHT –  I am thrilled to host another Joyful Measures Livestream concert, this time featuring friends and luminous songbirds Sarah Sample and Edie Carey. You can watch on my Facebook music page, and you don’t have to have a Facebook account to watch. The intent of this offering is to create a space for beauty, solace, connection, and celebration through word and song while also getting to hear my friends! Sarah Sample and Edie Carey create lush, moving, gorgeous music that moves me deeply — both as solo artists, and as a duo. They teamed up to create a lullaby album called “Til The Morning” that is one of my favorites of all time. A night with these two light-bringers is just the medicine we need! And also dangit, I miss my friends! We’ll swap songs and tell stories and probably giggle a lot. Plus we’ll have a little conversation about what is bringing us joy right now. It’s free and open to all, and donations to the artists are joyfully accepted at Paypal or Venmo @bethwoodmusic. We hope you’ll tune in at 6:30 Pacific/7:30 Mountain/8:30 Central/9:30 Eastern.

We’ll do a little Zoom after-party after our concert with my Patreon peeps. You can sign up for my Patreon here to get a new song and new poem every month and access to our Zooms!

And then…I can’t wait for this!

March 5-7 – Sisters Songworks 3.0, An Intimate Virtual Writing Retreat. I am so excited to get to curate, facilitate and host this amazing weekend songwriting retreat! The two retreats we have done so far have been incredibly inspiring, heart-warming, and spirit-lifting in a time when I needed it most. Our instructors for this retreat are the amazing Susan GibsonJohnsmith, and Susan Werner. I mean, COME ON!!  Please email me with any questions. Here is the link for info and registration. $175. 

And finally…

I am SO excited about new project I’m starting with friends and amazing artists Bre Gregg and Kristen Grainger. It is called “She’s Speaking” and we have invited amazing women songwriters we know to write an original song about a women who inspires her. I’ve been thinking lately about how it’s up to us to make the world we want to live in. One thing I would love to see is more stories about women, and more stories told by women. Women’s voices need to be heard, now more than ever.

We already have so many incredible artists signed on!! We are building a YouTube channel for videos of all the songs and we will launch on March 8, International Women’s Day with a special livestream event. If this lights you up (and we hope it does!) here’s where we could use your help: will you follow our social media channels please? It’s the best way to support the project and stay in touch with news!

She’s Speaking YouTube

She’s Speaking Instagram: @shesspeakingsongs

She’s Speaking Facebook page

There’s lots of fun stuff coming up later in March… I’ll send more details as we get closer but here’s the scoop:

March 8 – She’s Speaking Livestream Launch Party

March 10 – Virtual Song Circle

March 16 – Joyful Measures Livestream concert with David Lamotte, WOOP!

Thank you for staying in touch and for cheering me on in my creative journey. I hope some of these offerings resonate with you! With much love and gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon, a subcription to my music and poetry!

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a beautiful hike over the Crooked River Canyon!

February newsy news is here!

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

Hello from a beautiful snowy blue sky morning in Sisters. This new year is in full swing and there is so much fun stuff happening I don’t know where to begin! Here’s what’s up…

My Patreon community has grown to 113 amazing angel-people and we’re still growing! This is where I share new works exclusively. Patreon is a subscription to my work and a back stage pass all rolled into one! It’s super easy to join so check it out here!

February 1 – We have added a second 6-Week songwriting class beginning Feb 1! I am truly amazed and touched by the abundance of folks who are looking to geek out on songs and songwriting with me. This class will meet on Zoom on Monday evenings from 7-8:30 Pacific time. It is called “Writing the Songs Only You Can Write” and all levels of experience are welcome. We’ll do lots of discussing, listening, writing in and out of class, sharing our work and cheering each other on. Here’s where you can register and find more info! Dates are Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1 & 8.

The first weekend in February (Feb 5-7), I am hosting Sisters Songworks 2.0, an intimate virtual writing retreat with instructors Jonathan Byrd, Ellis Delany and Beth Nielsen Chapman. I mean COME ON! What an amazing line-up! We will cap attendance at 22 participants maximum. There are a few spots left but they are going fast! Here is the info and registration for this amazingw weekend of community and song.

February 10 – I’m hosting my monthly virtual song circle and there is one slot left! Songs need to be heard, and songwriters need community! We can’t meet in person, so let’s meet on Zoom to gather by the virtual campfire and share some songs! Attendance will be capped at 12 people, and the circle will go for two hours maximum. Please email me at bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com to reserve your spot. There is no cost to attend. Free-will donations of $5-10 will be joyfully accepted.

hosted by Beth Wood

February 19 – I’m pinching myself because on Friday, February 19, I get to do a poetry reading with the great Kim Stafford, hosted by our beloved independent book store, Paulina Springs Books! Everyone can attend as this is a virtual event, and there is no cost. I will be reading poems from my latest book Believe The Bird, play a song or two, and we’ll have some lively conversation. Kim will share a few poems, too. If you are not familiar with Kim Stafford, he was our Oregon poet laureate from 2018-2020, and he is a huge inspiration to me. I hope you’ll join us!

February 25 – And speaking of inspiration, I am SO EXCITED for my next Joyful Measures livestream concert on Feb 25th with special guests Sarah Sample and Edie Carey! The intent of this offering is to create a space for beauty, solace, connection, and celebration through word and song while also getting to hear my friends! Sarah Sample and Edie Carey create lush, moving, gorgeous music that moves me deeply — both as solo artists, and as a duo. They teamed up to create a lullaby album called “Til The Morning” that is one of my favorites of all time. A night with these two light-bringers is just the medicine we need! And also dangit, I miss my friends! We’ll swap songs and tell stories and probably giggle a lot. Plus we’ll have a little conversation about what is bringing us joy right now. Tune in on my Facebook music page. You do not have to have a Facebook account to watch. It’s free to watch and donations are joyfully accepted at Venmo: @bethwoodmusic or Paypal. 6:30 Pacific/7:30 Mountain/8:30 Central/9:30 Eastern. We’ll have a special patron-only Zoom after-party where we’ll keep giggling and singing a little more.                  

And finally, what a moment poetry is having after the super-charged, awe-inspiring reading by our Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman at the inauguration! It was so amazing to watch her soar, and to see how deeply moved people were by her poem and her performance. I felt so proud and so inspired watching her go! Here’s a poem I wrote for her the next morning.

I hope you are all keeping healthy and keeping your spirits up. It is so hard not to be able to hug each other, to share in a meal or live music or a movie or so many of those things that we hold dear. It feels like there is a little light at the end of this tunnel and I’ve got my eye on it. I’ll be reaching out with songs and words and virtual hugs until we meet again.

Thank you for cheering me on and tuning in and reading this. I am so incredibly grateful for you. Some of you have stuck with me since the early days of ‘Woodwork’ and Austin coffee shops and I just can’t believe how lucky I am. Your support and your presence on this creative journey means the world to me! With gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon, a subcription to my music and poetry!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic  

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

a beautiful snowy walk this morning…

More fun stuff coming up soon…

March 7-9 – Sisters Songworks 3.0 – An Intimate Virtual Writing Retreat

March 10 – Monthly Song Circle

March 16 – Joyful Measures Livestream Concert w/ David Lamotte

New Year, Newsy News!

Welcome, 2021…we’ve been waiting for you!

(thank you Brent McGregor for this awesome photo.)

Hello, friends and fellow music lovers, and Happy New Year!

May this new year bring magic and wonder and unlimited creativity. This has been an unforgettable time as we have all reimagined our way of doing things. Never have connection, music, and community felt so important. Here’s to finding creative ways to share all of those things! Here’s to facing forward and walking toward the world we want to live in, taking one step at at time. 

Firstly in this new year, I’d like to shout out to all of the adventurous folks who have joined me on Patreon! Patreon is a monthly subscription to my work, a back-stage hang-out, and a vibrant and caring inner-circle community…all rolled into one. These 110 folks who have joined are providing crucial direct support to my work, and also gaining access to all of my new songs and poems! This model is the future of the arts in our changing world. If my music or my poetry have resonated with you, I hope you’ll consider trying something new. For as little as $1 a month (or whatever amount you choose), you can become a member and get access to a new song and poem in your inbox each month! January is the time for trying new things. Click here to learn more!  And here’s the little video I made about it…

what is patreon?

Here is what’s coming up this month, y’all…scroll down for more details.

Wed, Jan 13 – Virtual Song Circle

Tue, Jan 26 – Begin 6-Week Songwriting Class : Writing The Songs Only You Can Write

Thu, Jan 28 – Begin 4-Week Dynamics in Performance Class

I’m excited to share that I am starting a monthly virtual song circle, open to anyone! Part of my mission is to create community through music, and I have dreamed of hosting a monthly song circle here in my new home town. We can’t meet in person right now, so let’s meet on Zoom to gather by the virtual campfire and share some songs! Attendance will be capped at 12 people, and the circle will go for two hours maximum. Songwriters of all levels are welcome. You are also free to play a cover song or share a poem/lyrics. Please email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com to reserve your spot. There is no cost to attend. Free-will donations of $5-10 will be joyfully accepted (Venmo: @bethwoodmusic or Paypal). Wednesday, Jan 13 at 7 pm Pacific time (and 2nd Wednesdays of the month after).

And guess what, I’m pairing up with Sisters Folk Festival again to offer my six-week Songwriting class and my four-week Dynamics in Performance class! I was so amazed and sparked and comforted by our virtual classes at the end of last year. Those precious things that music-lovers and songwriters and artists lost in 2020: connection, community, learning from and inspiring each other… we found through our virtual offerings. Songs may sometimes be born in solitude, but they can’t live and thrive there. They need to be heard, to be shared with others in order to grow into their full power and purpose. It’s amazing how effectively we can do that virtually. I hope you’ll consider joining us! Registration is open now – click here to learn more. Holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you have any questions. 

I’ll be dreaming up more Joyful Measures Livestream concerts to share songs and stories and get to see my friends whom I miss so much not being on the road! If you missed the last one with the great Chris Rosser, here it is below. And all of these livestream concerts currently live on my Facebook music page, which you can access here even if you don’t have a Facebook account.

joyful measures: livestream concert with beth wood & chris rosser

And finally, I am SO EXCITED to be directing three more Sisters Songworks virtual songwriting retreats on behalf of Sisters Folk Festival! This past October, we hosted the first “Sisters Songworks”, a 3-day virtual retreat with Anna Tivel, Tom Kimmel and myself teaching. We had 18 participants, and it was a wonderful experience of connection, community, and inspiration. It was so amazing that we want to do more! There will be three separate weekend retreats in February, March, and April. I will be the host and director, and we have AMAZING instructors lined up such as Susan Gibson, Jonathan Byrd, Martyn Joseph, Ellis, Tom Prasada-Rao, and Beth Nielsen-Chapman, just to name a few! Look for the announcement and more info soon!

I’m so grateful to you for reading this and for cheering me on! Let us continue being lights for each other as our days begin to grow longer. Hope to see you out there in the virtual world soon! With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon, a subcription to my music and poetry!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic  

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

And here’s a little poem for the new year…cheers!

hymn for the new year

December’s Newsy News

Greetings, friends and fellow  music lovers,

I hope you are warm and cozy wherever you are. Our mountains are covered in snow, and I never tire of their magnificent beauty. There are some special things coming up this month. Most of all I wanted to send you warm wishes for this holiday season. This will not be like any other holiday, but still I am grateful for every moment. I’m grateful for you, too. 

If you would like to stay up to date on all my new music and poetry, come join us on Patreon! Patreon is a subscription to my work and it is super easy to join. For as little as $1 a month, you can have exclusive access to new songs and poems that I don’t release anywhere else, and even join us for patron-only Zoom gatherings. I’ve got a special Christmas Eve song that I am excited to share with patrons soon!

It’s not too late to sign up for our first virtual Winter Solstice Retreat (Paddling in the Dark: A Virtual Winter Solstice Retreat) coming up this Friday and Saturday (Dec 4 & 5). This is a new adventure for me, and I am honored and delighted to be co-facilitating this special retreat with friends Alan Claassen and Kirstin Anglea. Kirstin and Alan are both amazing humans and facilitators of Center for Courage and Renewal retreats. We will share a time of quiet reflection, renewal, writing, singing, connection and celebration. Please click here for info and registration. The Dec 11-12 retreat is sold out.   

I’m honored to be a part of a virtual benefit concert organized by my friend Joe Werne. Some of you might know Joe as the host of Little Tree Acoustic House Concerts and tireless advocate of independent musicians. Little Tree Acoustic House Concerts and Unite the Parks are hosting an online benefit concert to save the Pacific Fisher, a newly listed endangered species living in the Southern Sierra Nevada. Thank you Joe for all that you do. Here are details…

Sunday, December 6 – Benefit Concert to Save the Pacific Fisher. Participating musicians and poets include Ellis Delaney, Beth Wood, Gabrielle Louise, Nicolò Spera, Karl Werne, Jack Williams, Mitch Barrett, Strangebyrds, Chris Hoffman, Justin Evan Thompson, Connor Garvey, and more. The area where the Pacific fisher lives is unique; it is part of a region designated as a biodiversity hotspot, and there are only 35 such places worldwide. Unite the Parks has been working to protect this area for the past seven years. The show is available everywhere, so invite your friends, and make sure to correct for your friends’ time zone(s)! Can’t make the performance time? Not a problem – a recording of the show will be available afterward for viewing, at a time that fits your schedule. Also, we will have a real-time Zoom afterparty with some of the performers and Unite the Parks staff immediately after the show, which will begin about 6:30 Pacific time/7:30pm Mountain Time. Join us! All donations are tax deductible; Unite the Parks is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to keeping our wild places wild. Make a donation to attend the concert here.    

And I am THRILLED to be hosting my friend, mentor, and favorite singer-songwriter Chris Rosser for a livestream concert and song swap on Tuesday, December 8. If you have not heard Chris, please do yourself a favor and tune in! His music is the medicine we need. Here are the details:

Tuesday, December 8 – Joyful Measures: A Livestream Concert with Beth Wood and Chris Rosser.  Desperate times call for Joyful Measures! In fact, all times call for joyful measures. The intent of this offering is to create a space for beauty, solace, connection, and celebration through word and song while also getting to hear my friends! Chris Rosser is my favorite songwriter in the world and dangit, I miss my friend! We’ll swap songs and tell stories, and I’ll even ask Chris to share a few of his beautiful winter songs. Plus we’ll have a little conversation about what is bringing us joy right now. Click here to tune in on my Facebook music page (you don’t have to have a Facebook account to watch!) It’s free to watch and donations are joyfully accepted. 5:00 Pacific/6:00 Mountain/7:00 Central/8:00 Eastern

I am honored to be a part of Artichoke Music‘s virtual Holiday Concert and benefit for Transition Projects inc. The incredibly talented and generous videographer and friend Gary Furlow came to Sisters to film my songs for the holiday special. We set up at the gorgeous Fir Street Park bandshell here in Sisters and had such a blast doing it. It felt good to sing in to a microphone again! Here’s the scoop, I hope you’ll join us!

Sunday, December 20 – Holiday Concert: Return the Light. Artichoke Music is honored to present this virtual concert and annual holiday benefit to support Transition Projects (tprojects.org) and its tireless relief efforts for the homeless in the Portland metro region. Tom May will be your host for the evening with performances by Beth Wood, Tom May and Doug Smith, Espacio Flamenco, Martin Zarzar, Luther’s Boots, Chasing Ebenezer teachers and students of our school of music, interviews and and many more surprises that you will just have to tune in and see. 8 pm Pacific time. You can watch here on Artichoke’s Facebook page (you don’t need a FB account to watch). 

And finally, I’m sorry to have to share some sad news. We had a beautiful Thanksgiving, and then a rough one. Miss Bailey passed away unexpectedly and we’ve been in a fog in the days after. My heart is sore but I am filled with joy and gratitude for that sweet being and all she gave to me. Even though someday came before I was ready, I am ever grateful and I’m still gonna go on loving an old dog. 🙂 Thank you to all of you for loving her from afar! She was truly a rock star. My friends and family and loved ones have lifted me up and it has been so comforting and hopeful. Thank you to everyone who has kept us in your thoughts and sent hugs and loving words our way. Here is Bailey’s tree all lit up with Christmas lights and a shining full moon. Seems about right considering her bright smile!

Every day I grow ever more grateful for every precious moment. Thank you for your belief in me and my work in the world. I wish you peace and joy and creativity in this newly imagined holiday season. There is much to celebrate. 

With love from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon, a subcription to my music and poetry!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic  

Find my dog on Instagram @bailey.pants

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube